Sunday, October 12, 2014

Woodburned plate featured in a magazine

In April I posted about having one of my woodburned plates featured in a magazine. Well, now that it is finally a reality, I can finally say it is a really nice feeling to see my work recognized among such talented crafters and artists! The magazine is Pyrography by Fox Chapel Publishing and can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, Home Depot, Lowes etc. It includes featured artists as well as patterns if you would like to try woodburning yourself. It has very well written and easy to follow instructions and I recommend it. As a matter of fact, I am planning on trying one suggested technique for woodburning leather from there as well ( I'll post when I do).

oCT 2014

 The plate on the left is mine. You can also see the description of " Harvest" on the right below the pictures.
oCT 2014

I can stop the bragging now. :-)
Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Uncle Sam Spoof Student Council Election Poster with Minecraft

Kalin Uncle Sam poster option Creeper (4 of 8)_bak

Kalin came home with a heavy task-- a student council poster. I had no idea what he was supposed to do, so I couldn't be of much help but we sat down, researched it and Kalin came up with the idea to use the Uncle Sam poster ( + Minecraft of course) to do his election poster.
I am not sure how effective it will be but we had a blast making it!
What do you think?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Squirrel Drawing

My co-worker Amanda is "nuts" about squirrels and since it's her birthday, I absolutely had to draw her one. This one is called Franks (very unique name, don't you think?)
Squirrel digital drawing

Truth be told, I remembered  about her birthday one 1 hour before the clock struck 1 and I had to improvise.

Happy Birthday, Amanda!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Easy Halloween Decoration For Less

I am completely mentally unprepared for the cold weather but I love decorating for different holidays at home. Unfortunately, lately I find less and less time to spend making interesting crafts to decorate. However, the lack of time is not a reason for me to go and buy a ton of cheap junk that falls apart by next year. One of my co-workers surprised us all at work with beautiful Halloween jars. I've never thought about jars as a great decoration, but I was so inspired by her creation, that I immediately decided to make some for home.

Halloween Jars

The concept is pretty easy- get jars, whatever kind you have at home. Find leftover craft supplies in appropriate colors ( fall colors, Halloween colors etc) and go crazy. Please, make sure you don't use real candles in them. The battery operated candles are the best choice and they are really cheap. You can also use the jars without candles at all.

They sure give a cozier feel to this fireplace mantel, don't you think?

Halloween Jars 2

How are you getting ready for Halloween?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Featured Woodburned Plate Design

I need your opinion! If you had to choose one of these plates to be featured in a woodburning magazine, which one would it be?

This is tough...

Blossom 201101

Art March 201115


Pyrographed plaque0001






WoodenPlates (5)

WoodenPlates (1)

What to do, what to do???

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Of all the mixed media paintings that I've made recently, this one is my favorite. It is just very personal to me.
Fabric flowers 2014 (1 of 4)

Fabric flowers 2014 (3 of 4)

Fabric flowers 2014 (2 of 4)

What do you think?

Monday, March 17, 2014

In orange

I became one with this piece. I don't think I've ever felt more in control when painting than with this one.
There are really not a lot of words that I want to use to describe it. This painting is simply a feeling.

Fabric flowers 2014 (4 of 4)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Midnight inspiration

I needed cheering up. All of this snow, ice, rain and cold....Did I mention the cold?
Everyone at home is so over this winter! Even our budding tree froze :-(

So, what do I do to cheer myself up? I make fabric flowers! That, and I got this cute jacket that needed just a little umpf.

Fabric flowers 2014 (3 of 4)

Here is how it looks on the jacket. Cute, no?

Fabric flowers 2014 (4 of 4)

And because my little girl loves headbands, I couldn't resist making a couple for her.

Fabric flowers 2014 (2 of 4)

Fabric flowers 2014 (1 of 4)

I just realized I never made headbands for the Etsy store though. Hm...should I?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let The Sun Shine Mixed Media Painting

It has been so cold lately that I needed a ray of sunshine...
Working with sea shells,sand and warm colors was such a pleasure! Remembering the beach, the warm weather...nothing compares to that!
What do you think of this mixed media?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Last Minute Valentine's Day for Free

A quick, easy and (almost) free idea for a last minute Valentine's Day present for your sweetheart!

And before you start thinking I am compulsive "hair-behind-the-ear" person, that was our signal for my daughter ( 7 years old) to stop the video. I guess she forgot LoL :-)

Very improvised video, but I hope it's helpful to someone. :-)

Happy Valentine's Day!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014

I am happy to report that this year for Valentine's day I finally got the opportunity to draw my first digital cards collection. This has been in the making for what...3 years now? LoL :-) Anyway, it was a great, great fun, and I am currently working on a couple of digital prints similar to what I've been working on before with real ink.  My software Corel Painter 12 is absolutely fabulous to do this! The results are astoundingly close to the real materials that I could use, especially watercolor. However, I will keep the watercolor prints a little bit longer before I show them to you. These are the cards that I've been working on: 

 # Love ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (6 of 10)

# My Heart Is Yours (Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (7 of 10)

#I Heart You ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (5 of 10)

# Hearts  ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (4 of 10)

# Hold My Hand, I'll Hold Yours Boy ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (3 of 10)

#Hold My Hand, I'll Hold Yours Girl ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (8 of 10)

#You Complete Me ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (2 of 10)

#Mine and Yours ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (1 of 10)

#Me + You ( Buy here)
Valentines 2014 (1 of 2)

As you can see, tons and tons of hearts is my theme this year. :-) Well, it's Valentine's Day after all.
But, I also have a Woolly Valentine's day card, which can be a perfect addition to the calendar and book set. ( Pictures of the whole set later!) And guess what? If you order a book and/or calendar, you get the card for free! :-) What's not to like, right?

#Woolly ( Buy here)

Valentines 2014 (2 of 2)

I was a little nervous to post these cards, since it's my first ( official) drawing with digital software instead of by hand, so...what do you think? Like? Don't like? Can be better? Hm? :-)

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